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The nineteenth century witnessed an explosion in educational activity and in the development of educational institutions in the United States at all levels. It saw the growth of public schools and private colleges, the formation of land-grant colleges and of teacher-training colleges (often called “normal schools”), and pioneering efforts to establish institutions devoted to the education of white girls and women and of African Americans. The belief in the power of education to mould individual character and improve human life ran deep in many sectors of American society in this era.[1]

Historically it was the Church that was responsible for founding, housing, and funding schools worldwide. Prior to the 1900s most schooling in the United States took place inside the local Church, and the vast majority of university presidents were ministers. In fact, 106 of the first 108 schools in America were founded by Christians including Harvard, Princeton, and Yale universities. Twenty seven of the 56 founding fathers of the U.S. had Christian seminary degrees.

  • Harvard University - was founded from the donation of property and the library of Reverend John Harvard. 10 of the first 12 presidents of Harvard were ministers, and over 50% of the 17th Century Harvard graduates became ministers.
  • Princeton University - was founded by the Presbyterian Church. Until 1902, every president of Princeton was a minister.
  • Yale University - was founded by 10 ministers. The primary goal was stated, "Every student shall consider the main end of his study to wit to know God in Jesus Christ and answerable to lead a Godly, sober life."[2]


Public education

Main Article: Public education

Public education or schools are those provided and regulated by governments. Today, government-funded schools in Western societies teach that life originated in an indescribable biological ooze untold millions of years ago, that all life on the planet is related via macroevolution, and specifically that men and apes share a common ancestor. In America, these ideas directly contradict the religious and historical beliefs of 48% of the population who believe that God created humans in their present form [3]. Yet the general theory of evolution is taught as fact in schools funded by taxes taken from people who disagree with these views.

Private schools


Creationist educators




  1. Education The Nineteenth Century in Print: Books. by the U.S. Library of Congress
  2. Our Founding Institutions of Academia
  3. God's Numbers Newsweek. March 31, 2007.

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